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Posted: 06/12/12

Industrious students think about their futures

Future artists and designers at West Nottinghamshire College got creative last week to learn more about life in the workplace.

Students across clothing and textiles and art and design courses took part in their curriculum area’s industry week, which saw them work together on a number of hands-on and creative activities, designed to prepare them for work or further studies.

Throughout the week students on a range of visual arts programmes had the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops as well as meeting representatives from potential employers to get advice on their careers.

Among the activities, students heard about ex-student Jim Kay’s career in illustration.  Jim, who studied art and design at West Notts College from 1992-1994, went on to study illustration at the University of Westminster and has recently won awards for illustrating a children’s book called ‘A Monster Calls’.

At Asquith Primary School in Mansfield, students worked with pupils to design and make Christmas crafts, which the youngsters will be selling at a Christmas market.

Programme area leader for visual art and design, Joanna Adams, said: “Industry week takes place each year and it’s part of the college’s commitment to going the extra mile, shining the spotlight on a range of careers to help students prepare themselves for the future.

“Our visual arts students really embraced the range of activities organised for them and we hope that it’s given them food for thought when considering their careers.”